The pitch-perfect direction by Jason Reitman perfectly balances comedy and drama.
-Lou LumenickFull Review
Director Jason Reitman brings such splendid balance and nuance to Bingham's story that you can't hate the man; indeed you end up pitying him.
-Tom LongFull Review
From taxi to touchdown, Reitman knows how to get us to the next destination.
-Lisa KennedyFull Review
Jason Reitman's dry, moving "comedy," based on the Walter Kirn novel, is a sly indictment of Corporate America, Marketing America and Frequent Flying America.
-Roger MooreFull Review
I think that this is a classic in the making.
-A.O. ScottFull Review
Once again, Reitman the screenwriter gives Reitman the director an excuse to ponder the spaces between us and the ties that bind. Or don't.
-Amy BiancolliFull Review
It's hard to think of an actor who's better at projecting the professional smoothness that's essential to make this character palatable, but Clooney turns out to be willing to take that persona further.
-Kenneth TuranFull Review
If Reitman's first two films were triples, this is a home run.
-Richard RoeperFull Review
Reitman has given us a witty, elegant movie that is nonetheless, like its protagonist, somewhat aloof from the vicissitudes experienced by mere mortals.
-Christopher OrrFull Review
Reitman possesses a flair for off-kilter scenarios, and he's in fine form again, taking his triangulated principals -- Ryan, Alex, Keener -- out of their comfort zones and into a more complicated geometry.
-Rick GroenFull Review
Few recent films have been so adroit at looking outward while burrowing inward.
-Chris VognarFull Review
Reitman deserves credit for going through with a bitterly ironic ending, but the movie is marred by its warm condescension toward flyover country.
-J. R. JonesFull Review
Ryan is an antihero for these parlous times and, of course, since he's played by Clooney, we wait for him to redeem himself and become a full-fledged hero.
-Peter RainerFull Review
An assertively, and unapologetically, tidy package, from its use of romance to instill some drama into the narrative (the book introduces disease instead) and the mope-rock tunes that Mr. Reitman needlessly overuses.
... it goes a long way to renewing our faith that movies can tackle grown-up comedy resonant with real-life dilemmas and tragedy, often beyond our ability to grasp or control.
-Kathleen MurphyFull Review
Timeliness can be tricky to pull off convincingly in movies. It's tough to capture an era while it's still happening, yet Up in the Air does so brilliantly, with wit and humanity.
-Claudia PuigFull Review
A lovely Hollywood romance that floats buoyantly along on a sea of sadness.
-Elizabeth WeitzmanFull Review
In its funny, rueful way, Up in the Air touches contemporary American notes few Hollywood movies acknowledge.
-David AnsenFull Review
Up in the Air is a timeless movie that's utterly of its time -- a movie of humor, heart and mind.
-Ann HornadayFull Review
This is Jason Reitman's first film since Juno, and it's easy to see why actors and audiences are attracted to his visual eye.
-Laremy LegelFull Review
Jason Reitman's third film has the lifespan of a state-fair churro: tasty at the point of consumption, it congeals soon afterward into its component ingredients of sugar and lard.
-Dana StevensFull Review
The picture is brushed with a fine glaze of slickness, a product sealed in a blister pack. It's like airplane air -- it has a packaged freshness that isn't really fresh at all.
-Stephanie ZacharekFull Review
One-word reaction: bravo.
-Peter TraversFull Review
How often can you fault a wonderful comedy for an excess of humanity or plausibility?
-Joe MorgensternFull Review
It would be easy to make Ryan a louse or a hero who just needs a bit of armor polish. Clooney makes Ryan both ruthless and sympathetic.
-Colin CovertFull Review
It's a timely tale of job loss and economic upheaval, at times hidden behind screwball-comedy dialogue. And it isn't perfect, but when it works -- which is most of the time -- it works like gangbusters.
-Moira MacDonaldFull Review
I don't know if it's the best movie of the year, but it's the most utterly enjoyable.
-Carrie RickeyFull Review
The film glides to a perfect landing, leaving several characters changed, one coldly untouched and nothing up in the air at all -- except, perhaps, the question of what this very talented crew is going to do next.
-Stephen WhittyFull Review
Up in the Air is actually several good movies -- a workplace comedy, romantic comedy, and family comedy -- seated on the same flight in the same aisle. They all feel forced together.
-Wesley MorrisFull Review
Up in the Air has been shaped for Clooney's prodigious, slightly melancholy charm as a comic leading man. Happily he has worthy sparring partners.
-Michael PhillipsFull Review